Joel Spolsky talks about his Mac at home experience:
I have a few complaints though:
OS X antialiasing, especially, it seems, with the monospaced fonts, just isn’t as good as Windows ClearType. Apple has some room to improve in this area; the fonts were blurry on the edges.
Also, I don’t understand all these people who say that Macs never crash. I probably had to reboot the MacBook Pro (hard reboot — hold down the power button for five seconds) about every two hours. It was always the same problem: the Wifi network would go down for a second, something which happens to everyone, but on Windows, it just comes back, while on the Mac, I get a spinning colored ball and everything is frozen. Everything. Forever. If I try to wait it out the beachball will still be spinning the next morning. If anybody is aware of this problem and knows of a specific fix I’d love to hear of it. It was like a Windows 3.1 deja vu all over again thing.
I’ve only recently been getting the same behavior. I agree with Joel that it has something to do with the wireless, but I see this happen most often when I VPN into work. This didn’t happen before 10.4.7, so I think this is a new bug introduced recently.
Also, while Apple’s sub-pixel text rendering has improved markedly, ClearType on Windows still is just a bit better, but some fonts seem to work much better than others. My basic understanding of how sub-pixel smoothing works leads me to think there are only so many ways to do it, so it’s amazing to me that you can notice a difference.